Addison Lawrence Commits to MSU

Magnolia Heights School's Addison Lawrence committed to Mississippi State late Thursday afternoon. In an exclusive interview with him and his dad, Carl, they explained why Addison decided to cast his lot with the Bulldogs.

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First things first, the commitment.

"Addison has committed to Mississippi State. We have been praying about it and felt like that was the choice we needed to make all along," said Carl. "We thought we would go to all the camps, but the best vibes were from (MSU head) Coach (Sylvester) Croom and all his coaches. Addison went to the Ole Miss camp and then went down to Starkville. And he really loved the atmosphere of Starkville and everything. We are really proud that we are going to be Bulldogs."

Addison gave several reasons why MSU ended up being the right choice.

"Here lately, I have been thinking really, really hard about Mississippi State. The more I talked to people and the more I think about the school the more I liked it," said Addison. "Everything just adds up. It's a great school, great facilities, great group of coaches. That's the main thing, I like the coaches and I like their attitude about the game. I have been praying about it and I just felt like that was where my heart leads me. So, I decided to commit."

And a text message received today (Thursday) from his MSU recruiting coach, Brick Haley, was like a sign that confirmed it was time to commit to MSU.

"Coach Brick (Haley) text messaged him and asked how State stood and that Coach Croom really liked him," said Carl. "Basically, that was probably what really made (Coach Croom) stand out over all the other coaches. We really think that Coach Croom is a good man and we just decided to commit right then."

And Carl couldn't be prouder.

"I'm so very proud of him. I didn't have the chance to go to college myself because I went into the military instead," said an obviously proud father. "Just to see him go there, I really feel good knowing that I'm putting him in good hands. I think (Coach Croom) will be a great mentor for my son."

With so many kids making early commitments, there's always the chance a few might back out. Any chance of that happening with Addison? Not so, said his dad.

"When we gave them our word, that was it. And I know Coach Croom is the same way," said Carl. "That's the thing we feel about Coach Croom, he's a man of his word. He told me personally that when we commit to him he's committed to us."

Other schools that have shown strong interest in Addison include Arkansas State and Ole Miss.

"He really did good playing tight end at the Ole Miss camp. (Ole Miss head) Coach (Ed) Orgeron and (Ole Miss assistant) Coach (Hugh) Freeze were really talking him up and said that they were very close to offering," said Carl. "Arkansas State offered last week. We went to their camp and they offered right then."

Addison explained why the Ole Miss coaches were so impressed.

"I went in as a tight end and they put me up against (Ole Miss LB/DE commitment) Chris Strong and they called all the coaches to come watch and made a big deal about it. Everywhere I would go, they would put me up against him," said Addison, who recently ran a 4.8 forty at a camp. "I guess they wanted to test me out to see how I performed against one of their best commitments. And I did really well against him."

As for what position Addison will play once he's on the MSU campus, that's still up in the air.

"Talking to Coach Haley, it's pretty much my choice right now," said Addison. "It's going to depend on what I do in the weight room, how much I weigh when I get there and where I play the best."

Truth be known, while he has a position preference, in the end it really doesn't matter to Addison.

"I prefer tight end, but as long as I'm playing college football in the SEC I'm happy," said Addison.

And I'm sure the MSU coaches would say the same if they were allowed to commit on recruits to media.

Watch Addison in action during the 2005 season and at the All-American combine held in Tuscaloosa.

- Season 2005 as a TE/DE.

- combine as a TE.

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